The Past Week in Seven Quotes: August 20 – 26



President Muhammadu Buhari’s much anticipated speech was, by the acclaim of all, a very disappointing anti-climax. Reviewers referred to it as a missed opportunity to pull the nation together towards one direction, rather than issue threats about red lines.

But his aides would take the shine from him the following day in trying to defend the reason for him working from home. Not everyone was convinced about the riddle of rats, but it did not make the ruse any less embarrassing. Easily the highlight word of the week, there were other notes to keep.

Politics: “Following the three months period of disuse, rodents have caused a lot of damage to the furniture and the air conditioning units… What is important is that the job gets done. Whether he does it from his bedroom, or his sitting room, or his ante room, it does not matter.” Mallam Garba Shehu, on the reason for President Buhari working from home

Education: “You cannot simply express a desire, it must be founded on reality and that means you must know what can be achieved within a given period… I do not know the basis of the final agreement they [the FG] reached with ASUU, but if it was not anchored on analytical evidence, I am not surprised that there has been inability to implement it” Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, on the demands of the ASUU, as the strike entered its second week

Health: “We want to stop that trend because it is draining our reserves” Mr Osita Okechukwu, while representing Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at a health dialogue. Mr Okechukwu confirmed to Premium Times that that was his personal opinion, not that of the Vice President

Africa: “By around 2050, five million people in coastal cities of Mozambique, two million in Tanzania, two million in Cameroon, one million in Egypt, and another million people in Senegal and Morocco are going to be exposed to the risk of flooding if the current climate trend continues” Richard Munang, in ‘What we need to learn from Freetown’s landslide tragedy’

Op-ed/Columnist: “Legitimacy is derived from the people, not from the National Assembly and certainly not from the Council of State, which in any case, is just an advisory body. The country’s sovereignty is in the hands of the people… That is why the Constitution says “We, the people…” and not “We, the National Assembly and the National Council of State” Reuben Abati, in ‘Presidential Broadcast and other stories’

Sport: “As boxers these two are woefully mismatched, but as provocateurs their skills are more comparable… These two, coming from entirely different sports, are no old rivals but new business partners; it just so happens that the business they are in requires them, eventually, to consummate their joint venture by putting on gloves and throwing punches” Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker, in ‘Mayweather versus McGregor: Who’s Worse?’

Anniversary: “how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” The first tweet sent by Chris Messina, introducing the use of hashtags on Twitter on 23rd August, 2007.

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